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3D Printing – David Boyd, Team !885, learn about the technology of 3D printing. (1hr 15 min)
Alpha Testing – New 2015 Control System – RoboBees, FRC team 836, Maryland The RoboBees are one of the 9 teams selected to Alpha Test the new control system for the 2015 season. The workshop will provide an overview of the new hardware and provide details of the basic components. An "under the hood" look at the new hardware and software with some tips on how to make the multicore system work for you. You will also learn about how Linux RT and LabVIEW 2013 changes will impact the robot programming operation. (1hr 15 min)
Awards – Denise Lewis, Team 2819 Mentor and past DC Regional Director, This is designed to help teams navigate thru the process of preparing and submitting for various team and individual awards. (1hr 15 min)
Business Plan 101 – Samantha Wetzal, FIRST Volunteer – The session will team to write an effective business plan for your robotics team. (1 hr 15 min).
C++ Programming – Mike Anderson, Team xxxx Mentor Learn how to use robot hardware such as motor controllers, servos, sensors, and the camera when using C++ to program the cRio controller. Starting with the example program learn how to get your robot moving. Information on how to interface with robot hardware and resources for on online support will be shared. (1 hr 15 min)
Controller Overview – RoboBees, A look at the C-RIO controller, and an overview of the way it relates to the robot’s hardware. Programming options (LabVIEW, JAVA and C++) will be discussed, with an examination of the pros and cons of each. Every new and "new again" team should send someone to this class. (1 hr 15 min)
Date with TIMS/STIMS - Cricket Moore, Team 1418 Mentor, Are you having problems navigating thru TIMS/STIMS, this is the chance to get help. This service is available by appointment and available throughout the day. Team Information Management System (TIMS) is used to update critical team information such as team name, contact information, and event registration. Student Team Information Member System (STIMS) is where students apply to join their FRC team (students must reapply to the team each year), complete the 2013 electronic FIRST Consent and Release Form. This service is available by appointment.
Design Principles – RoboBees, FRC team 836, Maryland
Design methodology is a critical but underused element during the rush of Build Season. Learn best practices that will put you ahead of the game.
Hardware & Wiring – Jerry Skene, Team xxxxx Mentor, Hardware & Wiring workshop will be useful for new teams, or any other team, interested in cleaner wiring. Learn about wiring best practices and some of our lessons learned; specifically layout/routing, connectors/crimping, strain relief, and documentation. In addition to wiring, this workshop will review the basic FRC hardware that makes up the current control system. (1hr 15 min)
Image processing techniques – Dustin Spicuzza, FIRST Alum and Team 1418 Mentor, This session will focus on how to use image processing techniques on the driver station to enhance performance. Ballou This session requires sign-in at the time of check-in. Each team is authorized 1 initial attendee. Additional seats may be made available if seats remain unused. Attendees are asked to bring a laptop for in session exercises. (1hr 15 min)
Inspection and Bumpers - Ricky Smith, Head Inspector at Greater DC Regional. Are you baffled by the inspection process and bumper assembly? Discover how to successfully navigate thru the inspection process in a timely manner and the rules and guidelines associated with bumpers, different techniques and fabrics used to cover the frame perimeter of the robot. (1hr 15 min)
Inventor/3D Studio Max – John Ballou, Team 1418, An introduction to what parametric 3D modeling is and how it will be helpful in competing in FIRST Robotics. From simple to complex parts will be taught. It will discuss the process of integrating created parts together to make large assemblies. We will also spend some time documenting parts and working with the content center. Each team is authorized 1 initial attendee. Additional seats may be made available if seats remain unused. See sign-in sheet at check-in for details for session times and availability of additional seats.
JAVA Programming – Mark Kadonoff, Mentor Team 620, will be an introductory course in Java Command Based programming. The discussed topics will be advantages and disadvantages of using Java, program structure and the basic files, using Java to program the cRio controller, .how to get your robot moving, and driving in autonomous. (1 hr 15 min).
LabVIEW Fundamentals and FRC Programming Techniques Workshop –
Nishantha Fernando, National Instruments Covers various aspects of LabView and use on an FRC Robot. Using LabVIEW to program the cRio controller. Starting with the example program learn how to get your robot moving. Information on how to interface with robot hardware and resources for on online support will be shared. If you need LabVIEW, there is a free student version that you can download from ni.com website. (1 hr 15 min)
Game Strategies - Jesse Knight, FRC Team 1885, Before you start designing your drive train, you must know what you want it to do. The game rules and your team’s chosen strategy will help you decide. The session will help you in the analysis and decisions making process. (1hr 15 min.)
Mentor Matching – Lauren Sadler, FIRST DC VISTA, Are you a mentor looking for a team or a team looking for a team, this is the chance to help you match up. This service is available by appointment and available throughout the day.
Mentor Roundtable – Various TBD Mentors, This workshop is aimed at new team leaders and veterans who might need advice on a particular challenge. A roundtable discussion that includes veteran team leaders, mentors, and resource volunteers will allow new team mentors get answers to questions, as well as build a network of resources to help you get off to a good start. (1 hr 15 min)
Motors and Drive Train – Jesse Knight, FRC Team 1885, Learn about features that help provide good drive system attributes including drive system requirements, traction fundamentals, FIRST motors, gearing fundamentals, system design condition and practical considerations. Learn how to best select motors for various types of drive trains by using motor curves and other mechanical methods. (1hr 15 min)
Pneumatics – Adam Martin, FRC Team 1418, This workshop will show you how to use pneumatics on your robots. Learn the right way to hook up the pneumatic components and how they can be applied. This topic requires sign-in at the time of check-in. Each team is authorized 1 initial attendee. Additional seats may be made available if seats remain unused. See sign-in sheet at check-in for details for session times and availability of additional seats.
Project Management – Don Brobst, Sr Mentor DC and Team 1418, Mentor,
Learn how to establish a working schedule for a build season, then use it to ensure that you put a working 'bot” in the bag at the end of build season. (1 hr 15 min)
Role of Software - Phil Lopreiato, Team 1418, Are you still unsure about programming your robot, here is a chance for rookies and others to ask questions. (1 hr 15 min)
Safety Practice – Larry Rubin, Team 2911 Mentor, Perfect for team safety captains and mentors! Includes the need for a safety program, safety program process, risk evaluation guidance and developing a Safety Plan. (1 hr 15 min)
Scouting 101 – Jim Grove, FRC Team 1915 Mentor, One of the most important competition aspects of FRC, scouting other teams, is too frequently overlooked. This workshop will provide teams with tips and resources to develop a great strategy built on great scouting. (1hr 15 min)